Rameses II at Luxor – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters K or L

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters K or L.

This post features one of the most popular statues at the temple of Luxor in Egypt, a seated likeness of Rameses II.

The temple of Luxor, on the east bank of the Nile in Luxor (previously known as Thebes) in Egypt, was built around 1400 BC.  The entrance to the temple (the first pylon) was built by the king Rameses II. The photograph is of one of the huge seated statues of Rameses II flanking this gate.

Rameses II at Luxor



Scale & Observation

In 2013, we visited Egypt, first touring Cairo before cruising down the Nile River to Aswan, making stops and excursions to observe ancient sites. Today’s Photo 101 theme is to “play with scale … use anything and everything to help convey size in your image.”  Three images from that trip are shown in this post, each using humans to suggest the enormity of objects from that earlier time.


Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt

This photo was taken at Abu Simbel in Nubia, Egypt. This is one of two temples at this site;  it was built for the goddess Hathor and for Nefertari, the favorite wife of Rameses II. Of  the six statues, two are Nefertari and four are Rameses II. These statues are each about 10 meters tall.

Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor, Egypt

This photo is of the Colossi of Memnon, which are two massive seated stone statues of the Pharoh Amenhotep III, located in the Theban necropolis, west of the Nile River from Luxor. These statues are approximately 3400 years old. Including the stone platforms (about 4 meters high) beneath their feet, they are 18 meters high and stand 15 meters apart.

Unfinished obelisk, Aswan, Egypt

This photo shows (what is believed to be) the largest obelisk ever discovered, located in a stone quarry in Aswan, Egypt. Hatshepsut, one of the most successful Egyptian pharaohs, ordered this obelisk to be made. Fractures appeared in the obelisk as it was being carved from a single rock, and so it was abandoned. Had it been completed, it would have stood 42 meters tall.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Outdoor Seating

Seated Abraham Lincoln
Statue of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

This seat has been occupied by a statue of Abraham Lincoln since the early 1920s. The seated statue of Lincoln is 19 feet from head to foot; if standing upright, the statue would be 28 feet tall.

Although the seat is located inside the large protected enclosure of the Lincoln Memorial at the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Memorial has no doors separating the seat from the outdoors. With a few exceptions, Lincoln in his chair has been available to the visiting public 24 hours a day for almost 100 years.

This photo was taken in March, 2016.

Pharoh Rameses II, Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt

This seating is located at Abu Simbel in Nubia, Egypt. All four seats are occupied by the Pharoh Rameses II. This photo was taken in February, 2013.

Ronald McDonald bench in India

This inviting seat beside Ronald McDonald is located at a McDonald’s along the road from Agra to New Delhi in India. This photo was taken in November, 2010.

Fishermen mending nets, Fort Cochin, Kerala, South India

This photo shows fishermen mending their nets while seated on the ground under a large tent roof. The photo was taken in Fort Cochin, Kerala, South India, in March, 2013.

Seated pilot on houseboat, Kerala Backwaters

This outdoor seating is occupied by the pilot of a houseboat (converted rice boat) on the Kerala Backwaters. This photo was taken near Fort Cochin, Kerala, South India, in March, 2013.

Buddha seated on Naga, Phuket Island, Thailand

This photo shows Buddha seated on Naga on Phuket Island in Thailand. This photo was taken in March, 2013.

Statue of Hans Cristian Andersen, Plaza de la Marina, Malaga

Finally, here is an open seat beside Hans Cristian Andersen on the Plaza de la Marina in Malaga, Spain. From the burnishing of the bronze, it is clear that many admirers have shared this bench with the famous author of The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. (Notice the duck sitting in the side pocket of his briefcase.) This photo was taken in April, 2015.